More On Ebola and Telemedicine

December 3, 2014 by By InTouch Health

One of the main reasons why Ebola has been halted in the U.S. is that we’ve got the technology to help prevent its spread. For example, the New York physician who came down with Ebola checked his temperature daily and reported it (via cell phone) to other doctors. When his temperature hit 100, he knew it was time for quarantine.

So here’s the question: does West Africa have the cell network and 4G Internet reliability to effectively use technology to combat Ebola? The answer is a resounding yes.

Cell signals in West Africa are so reliable that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen recently donated 10,000 cell phones to West African authorities and physicians combating Ebola.

In 2011, French Telecom and other providers began installing the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) cable system. More than 10,000 miles of high-speed fiber-optic cable now connects West Africa with Europe.

So there’s already an infrastture to support sophisticated telemedicine networks throughout West Africa. Everything needed to use an RP-Express robot is already in place.

In our view, there’s nothing to prevent telemedicine from playing a much larger role in the effort to stop the spread of Ebola.